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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History [Audiobook] [Englisch] [Audio CD]

Antonio Mendez , Matt Baglio , Dylan Baker
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13. September 2012
The true, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's daring rescue of American hostages from Iran that inspired the critically-acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected.

Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A riveting story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. 
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  • Audio CD
  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: MP3 Una (13. September 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1470832461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470832469
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 13,2 x 1,5 cm
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“This is an amazing and dramatic story of intrigue and deception set against the backdrop of
international tension.”
“Fresh and engaging…A solid choice for fans of thrillers and international intrigue.”  
“[A] fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979–1981…
Details of this dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.”  
Publishers Weekly
“One of the most daring and courageous clandestine operations during my career involved efforts to rescue Americans taken hostage in Tehran after our embassy was seized on November 4, 1979. Six Americans managed to escape the U.S. compound and flee to the Canadian embassy, where they were hidden. A very brave CIA officer, Tony Mendez, using commercial cover, entered Iran with false identities for the six and, using techniques that ought to remain secret so they can be used again, managed to get them out of Iran.”  
—Robert M. Gates, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former U.S. Secretary of Defense, in his book From the Shadows
“This is a fascinating story about how Tony Mendez and the CIA used a bit of technical expertise and a lot of daring and courage to rescue American hostages in Iran. Tony is emblematic of the extraordinary men and women of CIA. Most of their stories cannot be told—but fortunately, in ARGO, Tony has been able to lift the veil of secrecy—just a bit.” 
—George J. Tenet, former director of Central Intelligence Agency

“James Bond’s Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation by a little known part of the CIA reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it’s a must-read for all spy enthusiasts and CIA watchers.”  
—Dame Stella Rimington, former general director, MI5, British Intelligence

“The CIA and Hollywood in cahoots, a painter turned spy, an impossible rescue mission with no guns and only one chance at success—ARGO has everything. This remarkable white-knuckle spy story is torn from the pages of real life, and will have you up past your bedtime to discover its thrilling endgame.”  
—Eric Blehm, author of Fearless
“Forget your spy novels, here’s how this stuff really works: Two secret agents quietly enter the enemy camp, unarmed but for their wit and experience. Hiding in plain sight, they rescue six virtual hostages under the eyes of their captors, a covert operation seemingly devised in Central Casting. Now their story can be told – and it makes for one hell of read.”   
—Peter Earnest, retired CIA officer and Executive Director, International Spy Museum

“This true spy story has it all: guile, audacity, and bravery in a struggle with a fanatic and lethal enemy, a crucial role played by a loyal ally, and a marvelous conspiracy with Hollywood.”
—R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency

“Artist-spy Tony Mendez paints a dramatic portrait of unlikely collaborators—Hollywood, the CIA and Canada—allied in the common cause of freedom. Mendez fills Argo with the drama, pressure and tension of one of CIA’s most spectacular rescue operations. ARGO is proof that espionage reality is more riveting than spy fiction.”  
—Robert Wallace, former director, CIA Office of Technical Service

“Tony Mendez is a spy’s spy. His work saved my neck on numerous occasions. I laugh quietly to myself when I watch Hollywood’s version of disguise technology in today’s spy movies—because Tony did it better. What he did in the Argo operation was spine-tingling espionage at its very best.”  
—James M. Olson, former director of CIA Counterintelligence 

“ARGO is a must-read to understand how dangerous risks have been successfully managed by men and women like Tony Mendez operating in secrecy for our protection.”
—William H. Webster, former director, Central Intelligence and Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Antonio Mendez served in the CIA for twenty-five years and is a highly decorated CIA officer, one of the top 50 officers in its first 50 years and a recipient of the Intelligence Star for Valor for the ARGO operation. The author of The Master of Disguise and Spy Dust, Mendez lives with his family in rural Washington County, Maryland.

Matt Baglio has worked for a variety of news organizations and magazines. Author ofthe bestselling The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, he divides his time between California and Italy.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsam, solider Durchschnitt 26. April 2013
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Mir hat das Buch gefallen, es war sehr unterhaltsam und hat mich bis zum Ende gefesselt.

Trotzdem vergebe ich "nur" 3 Sterne, weil es zwar ein netter Einblick in vergangene Geschichte der CIA darstellt und dabei noch unterhält, trotzdem irgendwie im oberen Mittelmaß versinkt. Irgendwie habe ich ein wenig mehr Erhofft, vielleicht liegt es daran, dass die Realität oft nicht so spannend ist, wie man erwartet.

Wer Interesse an einer halbwegs authentischen und unterhaltsamen Schilderung eines CIA-Einsatzes hat, wird hier sicher seinen Spass haben. Sucht man einen spannenden Spionage-Thriller oder ähnliches, gibt es sicherlich bessere Bücher.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Geht so 17. Juli 2013
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Nun, ich lese es, um mein Englisch voran zu bringen. Dafür ist es gut, ein schönes Englisch, gut zu lesen.

Der Film ist gerade so ein Erfolg, darum habe ich es gekauft. Dem wird es nicht gerecht.

Das Buch selbst ist grenzwertig langweilig. Ich gebe zu ich bin noch nicht durch (30%) und vielleicht werde ich das auch nicht.

Es ist fast durchgängig ein Monolog, in dem der Hergang erzählt wird. Damit nicht genug, ist es in einem nur schwer erträglich Ton gehalten: " Wir vom CIA sind die allercoolsten und was haben wir uns nicht alles Cleveres einfallen lassen."

Zudem gibt es eine fast identische Geschichte von Ken Follet "Auf den Schwingen des Adlers" den ich super spannend fand.

Nachtrag: Jetzt bin ich durch. Das Englisch macht Spaß zu lesen, aber es bleibt dabei: Herr Mendez, der Ich Erzähler, ist ein Angeber und Selbstdarsteller. Stellenweise offenbart es ein menschenverachtendes Weltbild der CIA. Iraner kommen nur bösartig und dumm oder bestenfalls hilfreich darin vor.

Es wird 60% des Buches über andere CIA Heldentaten berichtet, 30% Vorgeschichte der Flucht und, es deutet sich lange vorher an: Die Leute gehen einfach zum Flughafen, checken ein und fliegen weg. Ganz große Nummer. Da versucht er aus einer Abflugverzögerung aus technischen Gründen noch etwas Spannung zu ziehen, erfolglos.

Ich rate ab.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rescue of the 6 7. Oktober 2012
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The world knew that Canada helped 6 Americans escape from Iran after the American embassy in Iran was overrun, but not how it was accomplished. President Clinton finally declassified the mission and Antonio Mendez has written a book telling the story behind this story. The book is written well, in a clear fashion which explains to a reader how the embassy was stormed and why it had not been shut down. It even answers questions that might occur on how these clandestine operations are run, the problems, and the amazing minutia that is required to be covered.

If you see the movie Argo, this book will go in to some amazing and interesting details that the movie does not cover. It is good that Mendez gives some background on his craft - how agents are able to exfiltrate men and women from situations and countries where their lives are in danger.
There is also excellent insight to the mindset and the thinking of both the Iranian militants and the Americans, both the hostages and the U.S. government officials. The recounting of other similar exfiltrations lets the reader know what difficulties are faced by these operations. To compound matters in Argo, were the extreme conditions in Iran at the time. The step by step elements that went into this rescue of the 6 Americans that had been able to get out of the embassy are breathtaking. The escape in the book is not as dramatic as that which is presented in the movie, but is still an amazing feat.
There are good descriptions of Carter's failed rescue mission and the subsequent actions and events of Iran.

This is indeed a fascinating account and would be of interest to those who wish to learn more about recent history and a remarkable and disturbing time in history.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating Companion To The Movie 14. Oktober 2012
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I read the book and saw the movie. Tony Mendez is a true life "James Bond". What was fascinating was how ordinary Mr. Mendez makes himself sound like -a wife and kids in the suburbs, an art studio etc. However, after reading the book, you realize how extraordinary he is. Think about how dangerous it was for an American CIA agent to go into Iran at that time or any time since then. In fact in was more dangerous than going into Moscow during the Cold War. In Moscow, you would likely be thrown out of the country but not kiled. In the the movie you see Ben Affleck take off his wedding ring before he goes. The book explains that if you were caught, you wanted your captors to think you were single. Imagine the implications. At the same time the sheer audacity of the cover story was something that you wouldn't believe could come out of a government agency. The movie over dramatizes the events that occur to make it a more interesting story; but what makes this caper so successful in reality was how boring it really was. The elaborate Hollywood backstory was necessary both in case the Iranians checked, but also to sell a sceptical White House on trying it and then to sell the hidden Americans that they could actually pull it off. Part of the message here is that disguise is more than makeup, it is the attitude to support it and the backstory was necessary to make people believe it was real. In many ways this was a true "Mission Impossible" mission in the spirit of the TV series. The intersection between Hollywood and the spy world was also amazing. While there wasn't as much action as there would be in a movie ( or in the movie Argo) the reality was every bit as dangerous and what distinguishes a true professional is pulling off without triggering any suspicion. The cooperation of the Canadians was also extraordinary. They actually held a secret session of parliament to allow the Americans to use false Canadian pasports (but only for the 6 refugee Americans, Mr. Mendez as a CiA agent had to supply his own fake Canadian passport). It is details like this that make this book so interesting for me.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen true spy thriller 19. September 2012
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After enjoying this first rate thriller,you can conclude the following.First, dealing with IRAN is a fools errand.Second we have incredible people who work at the CIA like Mr. Mendez and his staff, who risk their lives for all of us.Third- thank you Canada. Fourth i wish Mr. Mendez can share with all us the other stories of the CIA like this audacious one portrayed in this excellent book.Plenty of details and great characterizations of the people involved, that will keep you reading to the finish.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a great complement to the movie 19. Oktober 2012
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On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants took over the American embassy in Iran. The Americans inside the embassy when the takeover occurred were held hostage for 444 days. The drawn-out crisis made President Jimmy Carter look weak, and he lost the next presidential election to Ronald Reagan.

A dozen or so Americans managed to exit the embassy during the siege. Most were captured and brought back, but six ended up on the run. Eventually, they were sheltered by Canadian diplomats in their homes for weeks of boredom from nothing to do and terror at the risk of being discovered.

Antonio Mendez and others at the CIA created an outlandish scheme to explain why the six were in Iran and as cover to get them out. Even in the midst of a military crisis, Hollywood rolls on, and Hollywood execs are crazy enough to visit war-torn countries seeking places to film. Using a script for a science fiction movie project that had fallen through a few months earlier, the CIA created the elusion of a production company scouting locations in Iran.

The logistics of such an operation seem overwhelming. The book is thorough without bogging down. Without getting lost, I understood the incredible amount of coordination and attention to detail that was required. One of the parts that struck me had to do with acquiring Canadian passports. The six Americans were to pose as Canadians, and Mendez expected getting permission from Canada to create fake Canadian passports to be a major obstacle. Instead, on arriving in the office of a Canadian official, he and a colleague were astonished to discover that the Canadians had already done the background work necessary to make that happen.

Canada emerges from this book as a true friend of the United States, something that is always true but taken for granted by most Americans. The Canadian assistance provided in Iran was incredibly dangerous for the individuals and for diplomatic relations.

Some of the information in Argo is recently declassified. The text is not always politically correct - one of the Americans in hiding is described as having "a small-town librarian's wholesomeness," for example - but this is a nonfiction book that reads like fiction. The movie version is playing in theaters now. It is an excellent movie, but it has been a bit "Hollywooded" up. If you enjoyed the movie and want to learn more about what really happened, check out the book. I recommend Argo for anyone with an interest in the Middle East, American history, and spy thrillers. This is the real thing.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not a thriller by any means.... 3. Oktober 2012
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This is an excellent historical recount of the rescue of six American hostages during the 1979 takeover of the American Embassy in Iran. If you are willing to accept the book as just that, an historical account and not a spell-binding, seat of the pants thriller, you won't be disappointed. For me however, the book dragged along for seemingly forever while describing other CIA operations and operatives that were unrelated to the story. Literally, only the last 30 pages or so truly address operation "Argo."
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